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Statement on Ongoing Crisis Situation at YRTC-Geneva

Omaha, NE – Juliet Summers, Policy Coordinator for Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice at Voices for Children in Nebraska, and Christine Henningsen, Director of Nebraska Youth Advocates, and Scout Richters, legal and policy counsel at the ACLU of Nebraska, issued the following statements today regarding the news that the entire…...

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New Federal Rule Would Increase Child Hunger in Nebraska

Last month, the Trump administration announced a new proposed rule that would take away food assistance from working families who are struggling to make ends meet. The proposed rule would make an estimated 3 million Americans ineligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). What the proposal doesIf adopted, the…...

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Pro-Kid Legislative Recap

The Nebraska Legislature wrapped up the 2019 session last Friday, adjourning for the year. Thank you to all who stood with us this year to ask our policymakers to put Nebraska kids first. Here’s a recap of some of our pro-kid policies this year: Victories for Kids Paid family and…...

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Paid Family Leave Helps Families and Business

This is a guest post from Hilary Dessouky, a Nebraskan who now works for Patagonia, a company that supports families by offering generous benefits like paid family leave and on-site child care Growing up in Omaha, Nebraska was pretty close to perfect.  My brother and I went to great public…...

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The Cost of Juvenile Justice: A Case Scenario Study

The juvenile justice system works to protect public safety, hold youth appropriately accountable for their crimes, and empower youth to become productive, law-abiding citizens. Best practice in juvenile justice recognizes that incarceration is contrary to the best interests and well-being of youth and emphasizes the need for effective and appropriate…...

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ACT NOW: Protect Access to Health Care, Food Assistance for Nebraska Families

A few weeks ago, we wrote about a new proposed federal rule, called “public charge,” that would penalize tax-paying immigrant families who are working toward a better future for their children. For more information on the rule, check out our blog post here. In this follow-up blog, we outline how…...

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Proposed Federal Rule Threatens the Good Life for Nebraska Kids and Families

Our country is one that offers the promise of opportunity for all. Here in Nebraska, we know that our state is stronger when all families can reach their full potential and contribute to our communities. This weekend, the Trump Administration announced a proposal that, if implemented, would be a direct…...

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Honoring D. Paul Hartnett

On September 28, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in making Nebraska a great place to be a kid. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the 2018 Champion for Children Award winner, D. Paul Hartnett. “If you find faults with our country,…...

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Honoring Faith Walker

On September 28, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in making Nebraska a great place to be a kid. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the 2018 Youth Leader Award winner, Faith Walker. After experiencing firsthand some of the gaps in Nebraska’s…...

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Honoring the Omaha Public Schools THRIVE Club

On September 28, Voices for Children in Nebraska will honor those who have made an exceptional impact in making Nebraska a great place to be a kid. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on the 2018 Youth Group Award winner, the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) THRIVE Club. The OPS THRIVE Club…...

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